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The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.
Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge »
- Heather Wixson
Last week we brought you some exclusive news via scream queen Barbara Crampton about forthcoming film Death House. The film is being touted as the Expendables of the horror genre with several high profile genre actors battling for survival. In addition to Crampton the film boasts the talents of Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig and Tony Todd.
Though not likely to release until 2017, a first trailer has landed online:
Did you spot your favourite horror icon? In our chat Crampton revealed that Hodder will be taking a central role and the trailer definitely seems to reflect that.
So what’s Death House all about? Well the official synopsis is thus:
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil »
- Kat Hughes
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural.
Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII.
Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. »
- Amie Cranswick
Barbara Crampton is a horror icon; she made a name for herself in the genre playing Megan Halsey in The Re-Animator. Since then she’s appeared in many more films and has been a regular name on the credits of films at the last three year’s of Horror Channel Frightfest events.
We caught up with the scream queen just before this year’s Frightfest where she stars in both Beyond the Gates and Road Games. She was in high spirits about the festival and was upset that she wasn’t able to make it. She did however update us on her next project – Death House. Death House is basically a horror version of The Expendables, with all the big names of horror uniting. The project had a lot of input from the late Gunnar Hansen, but despite having the royalty of horror attached, is still in search of a »
- Kat Hughes
Directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch aren’t just successful horror filmmakers and best friends—they’re dog lovers, too. They’ll be putting their mouths where your money is for a live, three-day podcast to raise money for a dog rescue that’s near and dear to the heart of The Movie Crypt, the successful podcast Green and Lynch co-host weekly on GeekNation.
No lineup or list of guests have been made official yet, but The Movie Crypt has played host to countless actors, directors, and writers from the horror community since it launched in 2013, from Sid Haig and Kane Hodder, to Danielle Harris and Mick Garris, to Joe Dante and Leigh Whannell, to James Gunn and on and on and on. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these friends of the podcast stop by the “Save the Yorkies” marathon, which will raise money for Save a Yorkie Resuce, »
- Patrick Bromley
The Swinging Cheerleaders, 1974.
Directed by Jack Hill.
A college newspaper reporter goes undercover in a cheerleader squad in order to expose the supposed demeaning nature of cheerleading but ends up uncovering a lot more.
On the surface The Swinging Cheerleaders looks like a Porky’s-style high school/college sex romp featuring dozen of nubile teens running around and getting into all sorts of mischief that normally ends with their clothes falling off, and while there is a bit of that going on there is also a more serious attempt at a dramatic story that beats at the heart of this film.
- Amie Cranswick
Jordan Peele, one half of the great comedy duo Key and Peele, has unexpectedly entered a new arena: the horror genre. In addition to his forthcoming fright flick Get Out -- a "satirical" horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener and Alison Williams that Peele wrote and directed for Blumhouse -- he's now been added to the cast of Abruptio, a horror effort in which the characters are "performed entirely with lifelike puppets," according to the film's official Facebook page. Abruptio comes from the mind of writer-director Evan Marlowe, whose resume literally includes a short film entitled Brests of the Southern Wild (he's also helmed a couple features). It will also feature the talents of horror icons Robert Englund and Sid Haig, among others. Here's the logline: A man discovers a sinister race of beings is manipulating mankind to cause chaos. He must uncover their plan before the explosive they've implanted in his neck detonates. Peele has opened up about this love for the horror genre in previous interviews, telling Rotten Tomatoes last year: "I’m obsessed with the link between horror and comedy. I think they’re very close. They’re both about getting a very physical kind of reaction. It’s about tension and it’s about the release of tension." Abruptio is expected for release sometime in 2018. (via Bloody Disgusting) »
- Chris Eggertsen
Arrow Video’s latest release, Blood Bath, has a storied history. You may be surprised to discover how the footage filmed for it was stretched over four different films. Thankfully Arrow have not only included these four films, but taken a look into a very interesting production…
Blood Bath in its final form is the story of Antonio Sordi (William Campbell) who believed himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire. Killing young women, he then boils them in a vat of wax, using their beauty to create his latest masterpieces which he then sells.
In Blood Bath you can see all the trademarks of a Corman horror film, but this is down to the work of Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman who worked on rewrites and re-shoots for many of the footage that had been recorded. The film in its original form was actually known as Operation Titian »
- Paul Metcalf
The month of May’s home entertainment releases are ending on a strong note, especially if you’re a purveyor of cult cinema. This week boasts an incredible selection of classic films resurrected on high definition including Blood Bath, Venom, The Terror, Psychic Killer and a 12-movie collection from Film Chest.
Sony Home Entertainment is releasing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on various formats on May 31st and, for those of you who may have missed it in theaters, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt is also coming home this Tuesday as well.
The films of Roger Corman are often as well-known for their behind-the-scenes stories as they are the ones unfolding on the screen. He famously made Little Shop of Horrors in just two days using sets left over from A Bucket of Blood and shot The Terror over »
- Heather Wixson
Blood Bath, 1966.
A crazed artist believes himself to be the descendant of a vampire and goes on a killing spree murdering young women and drinking their blood.
You’ve got to hand it to Arrow Video, they don’t do things by halves. If you’re a collector of cult movies and you know that more than one version of a particular film exists then that little bit of prehistoric jelly at the back of your brain that thrives on instinct won’t rest until you possess every edition possible, and Arrow Video being well aware of this are more than happy to cater for your particular needs. On this occasion they have taken Blood Bath, a 1966 film that B-movie maestro Roger Corman was an »
- Amie Cranswick
Written by Girls and Corpses’ head honcho Robert Rhine, the horror/comedy Cynthia now has quite a bit of info to share, including an impressive cast of Scout Taylor-Compton, Kyle Jones, Rebecca Marshall, Robert Lasardo, James O’Halloran, Lynn Lowry, Robert Rhine, James Karen, Sid Haig and Bill Moseley. The film, which is being helmed by Anarchy Parlor co-directors Kenny Gage and Devon Downs (who are producing alongside Rhine) and associate producer Christopher Jimenez (Editor in Chief of Sinful Celluloid), is currently being filmed and revolves around the obsession a couple has with having a kid.
Cynthia is a horror film about the ‘perfect’ couple and their desperate obsession to have a child which descends into a terrifying dark comedy.
We’ll keep you updated »
- Jerry Smith
It’s been a good week for our friend, Jesse Custer. Preacher, based on the comic of the same name, debuted this week on AMC, and the momentum surrounding his character continues with three new Pop! vinyl figures from Funko. Also: a trailer for Luke Scott’s Morgan, photos and production news for Cynthia starring Sid Haig, a new Sickhouse trailer, and Vault of the Macabre cover art and release details.
Details on Three Preacher Pop! Vinyl Figures from Funko: From Funko: “The beginning is nigh!
Preacher transforms the beloved comic into an action-packed television series only on AMC!
Follow Jesse Custer, a small town preacher, on his mission to find God! He’ll have to call on the disfigured Arseface and Cassidy the Irish vampire for help!
Collect the whole set this summer!
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- Tamika Jones
This four-feature set is the weirdest cinematic treasure box of the year, a sort of anti-matter film school. Three of the films are derived from a single Yugoslavian picture rejected by Roger Corman. His acolytes Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman proceeded to add serial killings, supernatural hauntings, a goofy vampire, and an ending that could be called 'Zombies In The Wax Museum.' Tim Lucas tells the whole story in a fascinating feature-length extra docu. Blood Bath Blu-ray Arrow Video (USA) 1963 - 1966 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 95 - 81 - 62 - 75 min. / 2-Disc Limited Edition / Street Date May 30, 2016 / 49.95 Starring William Campbell, Patrick Magee, Rade Marcovic, Miha Baloh, Irena Prosen; Marissa Mathes, Linda Saunders, Sandra Knight, Carl Schanzer, Biff Elliot, Sid Haig, Jonathan Haze. Cinematography Nenad Jovicic, Dan Telford, Alfred Taylor. Original Music Bojan Adamic, Ronald Stein, Written by Vlasta Radovanovic, Vic Webber, Jack Hill & Stephanie Rothman Directed by Rados Novakovic, Michael Roy, »
- Glenn Erickson
A trailer for Douglas Schulze’s The Dark Below has been released and “Mother Nature” has plans for the film’s leads Veronica Cartwright and Lauren Shafer. Also in today’s Highlights: five preview pages from Dark Horse Comic’s Weird Detective #1 and a look at the cover art for Ghost in the Key of A: Pythagoras.
Watch The Dark Below Trailer: “Award-winning genre director Douglas Schulze (Mimesis, Dark Fields) and Executive Producer Seth Willenson bring us a survival thriller that explores the fear of entrapment beneath a frozen lake.
The film stars screen veteran Veronica Cartwright (Alien, Witches of Eastwick) and Lauren Shafer (Mimesis) and boasts an authentic production value that took cast and crew into the depths of Michigan’s Great Lakes in the dead of winter.
- Tamika Jones
Back in February, we reported that a number of genre icons were coming together for a new film entitled Death House, which has been dubbed The Expendables of Horror. At the time, we didn't known when production would begin, or if a release date had been set. Today, we have word that principal photography is about to wrap, and the filmmakers are eyeing a late 2016 or early 2017 release date. Photos from this horror-thriller have also been released, giving us our first look at legends such as Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace and many more.
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth. Entertainment Factory's Death House is about to wrap principal photography in Philadelphia, »
We cannot thank you all enough for your support in this year’s 14th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! Just announced last night, FM was awarded Best Classic Magazine, Rick Baker’s Bride cover (FM #281) stole the show and snatch up the Best Cover award, and executive editor David Weiner was awarded Best Interview for his piece with Mel Brooks on Young Frankenstein. Read the full press release below, and check out all the winners.
Arlington, Va. – Revivals of classic horror and science fiction franchises of the 1980s won top honors in the just-completed 14th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, announced April 14 after an online vote by fans and genre professionals worldwide.
The popular Evil Dead movie franchise directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell took four awards, including Best DVD, Best Restoration, Best DVD Extra, and Best TV Presentation of 2015 for the offshoot series on Starz, »
- Caroline Stephenson
Mvd Entertainment Group looks to please Emilio P. Miraglia fans with Arrow Video’s May Us Blu-ray releases, including the Killer Dames box set collecting The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Horror fans can also look forward to Arrow’s high-definition release of 1966’s Blood Bath that features all four versions of the Roger Corman-produced film.
Hired To Kill (Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD)
No man on earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women will try.
Release Date: May 17th
List Price: $29.95
Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and the Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is a hugely entertaining action flick featuring guns, girls and a plethora »
- Derek Anderson
It’s obvious with a title like Black Mama, White Mama you know the type of film you are going to be getting…. A prison women exploitation flick, its known for Pam Grier, Margaret Markov and Sid Haig and fits into the “Grindhouse” style quite well. Arrow Video have brought the film to Blu-ray in the UK and as usual provides plenty of special features; but is it worth your time?
When Lee (Grier), a tough prostitute and Karen (Markov) a revolutionary are sent to a tough women’s prison they immediately clash with a hatred of each other. When they are packed off to a maximum security prison they are chained together, but soon find themselves on the run during an ambush of their transport. »
- Paul Metcalf
Bone Tomahawk, 2015.
Directed By S. Craig Zahler.
Four men embark on a dangerous journey to rescue one of their womenfolk from a tribe of native cannibals.
Taking cues from John Ford’s classic The Searchers, S. Craig Zahler’s directorial debut Bone Tomahawk applies the same format of man-on-a-mission adventure through the dangers of the wild terrain in search of a missing person, and injects it with substantial dosage of grim, uncompromising brutality, to create a western that’s bold, bleak and occasionally horrific.
Prior to Bone Tomahawk, Zahler plied his trade as an author and screenwriter, having penned a succession of critically acclaimed novels in the realms of westerns and crime fiction. Despite selling a number of screenplays, the only one that came into fruition was Asylum Blackout, an overlooked tour de »
- Kieran Fisher
Over this past weekend, Rob Zombie’s latest genre effort, 31, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Midnight programming slate. Daily Dead had the chance to catch up with both Zombie and his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, the following day to chat about their latest collaboration.
During our interview, the duo discussed making "grown-up horror", the pros of utilizing some familiar faces from Zombie’s previous films for 31, dealing with criticism and so much more.
Thanks for chatting today guys and congrats on the movie, too. Not only is it really cool to see your evolution as a director over the years, Rob, but it's also really cool to see you, Sheri, change so much throughout all these different films too. I thought Charly was just a lot of fun in 31, and while I'm not going to ruin anything for anybody, that final scene with Richard [Brake] was so great. »
- Heather Wixson
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